Ridley punched it in from 3 yards out and ran for the 2-point conversion in the third quarter to give New England a two-touchdown advantage. He then scored again on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 14 carries for 52 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in a 43-22 victory. He was not targeted in the passing game.
LeGarrette Blount wasn't the only
Ridley bolted for a season-long 29 yards on the middle in the first quarter and continued to run effectively. He finished the first half with 48 yards on six attempts and ended the game with 74 yards on 12 tries.
He rushed for 773 yards this season, which led the team, but only by one measly yard over Blount, who has emerged as the featured back heading into the playoffs.
"I don't let anything break me, man," he told ESPN. "I knew what I did to get there. It wasn't like coach Bill [Belichick) just up and decided to bench me for the game. There was a reason for him doing what he did.
"...Did I agree with it? No, but that wasn't my call. I'm the player, and I play. ... It hurt, you know what I mean? But at the same time, that's somewhere I don't ever want to be again. If that's what's going to fuel me, if that's what I needed, I have to bounce back strong."
Ridley received 15 carries in Week 16, his highest total in six weeks. He peaked with a 115-yard, two-score performance against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3, but was benched for fumbling in three consecutive games.
Ridley was targeted once in the passing game, without making a catch. Up to 699 rushing yards this season, Ridley plays the Bills in the regular-season finale.
Ridley's production remained the same, as he rushed for 35 yards on eight carries for the second consecutive game. Blount rushed for 40-plus yards for the third straight games. He tallied 47 yards on 11 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per rush against Miami in Week 15.
The Ravens have allowed a rushing touchdown in three straight games. Baltimore has yielded 102.4 yards per game on the ground, which is seventh fewest allowed this season. Opposing running backs have scored 13.14 Fantasy points per game this season against Ravens.
At this point, it may be awfully difficult to start Ridley or Blount, given their recent role on offense. Despite a somewhat favorable matchup, consider them both low-end options for Week 16.
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